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. speculation grows over who might be pope benedict xvi's successor after he steps down later this month. >> today is red hand day, highlighting the plight of child soldiers around the world. north korea says it will not bowed to international pressure to end its nuclear program. the country carry out its third nuclear test on tuesday, breaking u.n. resolutions, and for their actions could still be to come. >> p'yongyang says the test is an act of self-defense against what it calls hostility from the united states, but the move was only served to increase its isolation from the rest of the world. washington has confirmed north korea had told the u.s. government about the test beforehand. and even china, north korea's sole ally, has urged pyongyang to stop before it makes matters worse. >> tensions are high in south korea. protesters denounced north korea's nuclear tests. north korean state media claim the country had exploded a more powerful bomb than it had been able to build a earlier. diplomats at the united nations security council emergency meeting also expressed alarm. >> countries
announcement that pope benedict is resigning, catholics around the world are wondering who will take over from him. benedict will stay in rome after retiring, but have said that he will not interfere in the succession process. my colleague is in rome. so, the vatican says there will be a new pope in time for easter? >> that is right. starting in the 24 to march. you can bet that they will see a lot of wheeling and dealing going on in the vatican before that. lots of different powers within the decision making body to choose the next pope. a lot of speculation as well. not just a month the world's catholics. but people asking why the pope chose this moment to stand down. he says he is tired. there has been a lot of speculation about ill health. a few moments ago there was a press conference from the spokespeople for the vatican. they said there were no serious health issues and that the pope had operation on his pacemaker not long ago, but that this had to do with internal politics, which will also affect who will be the next pope. there are lots of pulp makers wandering around here on the stre
benedict xvi making his final official speech to the public before stepping down just over 24 hours from now. at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, he becomes the first pope in centuries to resign. and he's leaving behind a vatican really at a cross roads. the catholic church facing difficult challenges and also opportunities as it moves forward. now, as i say, usually when there's a transition and we've covered it so many times, well, not so many times, but the last one i was here, and that was because a pope died. john paul ii died after living his last years infirmed and in visible pain. now we have a transition, we have a living pope. you're not watching a funeral before the next pope is elected. you're not watching the world's heads of state come here to pay their respects to the departed pope. you're seeing a much different kind of transition. john al whlen, what is pope benedict going to do the rest of the day? >> normally the wednesday audience, the pope gives religious instruction rooted in scripture. but today i would imagine that knowing the momentous nature of what's happening, it's probabl
the successor to pope benedict after that shocking decision yesterday to step down. and another big story we're following is back at home, because the president is putting the finishing touches on the first state of the union speech of his second term. and we'll have a lot more on that coming up in this hour. but this morning, we are starting to get new information about pope benedict, and particularly about his health. decisions that may have played into his shocking announcement to abdicate. for example, we now know this morning, the pope has had a pacemaker for some time and actually had a minor operation to replace its batteries three months ago. we're also hearing for the first time about a fall he took while he was on a trip to cuba in mexico. just hours after his announcement, this video circulated. you can see it shows lightning striking st. peter's basilica, maybe leading some catholics to wonder if it was some sort of sign from above. a sign of what, that's also a source of speculation here. i'm joined by elizabeth lev here in rome. good to see you. >> great to be here. it's a real
the world," we begin in vatican city. pope benedict xvi's final days in power filling up with a scandal. >> the top cardinal just resigned after four priests accused him of inappropriate acts. and the vatican in damage control mode after reports of network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by prostitutes. >>> fidel castro sworn in and announces this is his last go-round. he says he plans to retire in 2018, most likely to put an end of rule by castros. >>> and south africa, another pistorius facing charges in a woman's death, carl pistorius, the older brother of oscar pistorius, charged with culpable homicide after he was involved in a car axe deputy two years ago. >> they say carl pistorius was driving recklessly. he was to go to trial last week but that's been pushed back to the end of march because of the murder charges against his brother. >>> back to vatican city. where alleged sex scandal and intrigue swirling around the catholic church right now, happening just days before pope benedict xvi is stepping down. >> talk about timing. the pope just issued an order allowing the
on a transatlantic free trade agreement. >> pope benedict celebrates his last public mass as pontiff inside st. peter's basilica in rome. >> and the movie "night train to lisbon" has its world premiere at the berlin film festival. president barack obama says the american economy has made important progress, but there is still a long way to go. he delivered the annual state of the union address in washington last night and urged americans to help jump-start the country's sluggish -- sluggish economy. >> pushing hard for a special economy would significant job growth. that looks like the message obama plans to hammer home time and time again during his time in office. >> presidents also touched on foreign policy, praising u.s. soldiers stationed in afghanistan and promising them a speedy return home. >> the president of the united states. [applause] >> it is a washington ritual, long applause, handshakes, and hugs on both sides of the aisle. in his speech, obama focused clearly on domestic issues, among them, raising the minimum wage, reforming immigration, and modernizing the education system. he also
who will become the next pope after pope benedict shocked the catholic church money when he became the first pontiff to resign in a 600 years. the 85-year-old pope cited ill health as the reason for his departure. >> dear brothers, i have convoked you to this. not only for the recanalization but also the communication to the decision of great importance for the life of the church. after having repeatedly examine my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strength, due to advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the ministry. >> catholics around the world expressed shock over the pope's resignation. >> i was shocked because i love the pope. every sunday i come to listen to him and be blessed by him and to shout "long live the pope." but to understand he is only human, unfortunately, it would have been worse tonight if the news had been the pope had died. >> the pope also has the right to get sick. if you stick to the point where he cannot carry out his function, then he should resign. >> the thing is, he is a bit old and wants to rest. it is
catholics are holding their breath. the stunning news that pope benedict is resigning at the end of the month is a game-changer. after he resigns, the vatican says benedict will live in a monastery in vatican city. meanwhile, the process to elect his successor is already underway. we have this report from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi is about to make history. the 85-year-old leader of the catholic church is resigning at the end of the month. he's the first pope to do so in 600 years. the pope's announcement came as a surprise to all but his closest confidantes. he said because of his age and deteriorating health, "i have had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." church leaders were shocked and saddened. >> like watching your own dad get old. and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being the head of a family involves. >> reporter: benedict xvi will remain pope until 8:00 p.m. on february 28. shortly after that, the college of cardinals will gather in the sistine chapel to elect the new pope. benedict's suc
's square for pope benedict's final public audience this morning before the resignation becomes official tomorrow. we are covering it all from rome for you. >> good morning. it was absolutely a historic day in rome. 600 years since the last pope decided to say goodbye and that is what pope benedict did telling 100,000 people that the church had joy and light but he also admitted it has had difficult times. >> the final audience and farewell to the faithful, pope benedict xvi last public speech. never he has had such a big crowd. >> the church has had joy and light, he says. it also has had difficult moments. the crowd arrived from all over the world. three students from santa barbara were there. >> such a monumental time. no pope has resigned the way he has done. it is something we have to see. >> tomorrow, pope benedict will retire to rare and meditation, and this will be captured live by 26 vatican cameras. the spectators are full of devotion but pope poe leaves behind a catholic church concerned by corruption and scandal and cronyism. the final meetings were with the cardinal would wr
benedict xvi has announced his historic resignation. >> a pretty dramatic change. it means he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >> "top gear" has shown a video of a helicopter racing a cobra with a disastrous ending. >> the end of the mardi gras season. >> i like it very much. >> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> keep mice from overrunning their mistresses' boudoirs. >> that's interesting. >> top ten questions on the application to become a swimsuit model. >> how does brent musburger describe you? >> and all that matters -- >> awarded the medal for courageous action. his son stole the show playing peek-a-boo. >> colin is not as shy as clint. >> on "cbs this morning." >> lightning struck the vatican just hours after pope benedict would be announ-- pope benedict announced his resignation. >> what will the pope do? he could become the most distinguished walmart greeter of all time. >>>, wi >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." nae north korea held its third nuclear test. >> president obama will in fact discuss the nuclear test during his state of th
this morning for pope benedict's final public audience. benedict steps down tomorrow. >> the pope acknowledged difficult times during his papacy but told his people he has great trust in the future of the church. allen pizzey is in st. peter's scare. allen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there are fierce concerns about whether or not the monostic life benedict is about to fade into will keep him from having influence on the next papacy. that's for tomorrow. today he was center stage. benedict made a stately arrival for his last general audience aboard a pope mobile perhaps taking advantage of the last time he will have use of one of the specially made vehicle. the crowd of st. ter's square was half the 200,000 the vatican predicted and catered for but the welcome was warm. the pope thanked the crowd as he put it "from the bottom of my heart," and told them he was fully aware of the seriousness and novelty of his decision to resign. cardinals were gathering to choose benedict's successor held places of honor and seemed moved by the occasion. the 115 cardinals eligi
church are going to be looking for a new pontiff after pope benedict announced yesterday he is stepping down. the decision stunned even his closest aides even though the 85-year-old hinted in the past that his age and waning strength could force him to resign. he was elected in 2005 and will stay on until february 28th. his plan to meet for that secret enclave to select a new leader. we have a report from vatican city. >> reporter: the day after the shocking announcement that he will resign on february 28th, more details are emerging about his decision. the vatican's own newspaper said that this decision was taken at least a year ago after his trip to cuba and mexico in march 2012. that's when the pontiff realized he's just too old and too weak to perform his duties as the holy father including, of course, long distance travel. while the speculation now is ripe whether there is any other reason behind his decision. in an interview in 2010 during the scandals that engulfed the vatican and the catholic church including the pedophilia scandal and later the butler scandal with him leaking d
story later on on "gma." >>> we turn to a change of the top of the catholic church. pope benedict made the bombshell announcement he is stepping down. >> at age 85, the pope says he cannot keep up with the job. nick schifrin joins us from rome with more. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader. but he's unpredictable, unprecedented. and it might just guarantee his legacy. at 85, he is silver-haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi tells his cardinals in latin, quote, i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. in the last year, benedict grew increasingly frail. >> he certainly slowed down a bit. you could tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down, putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he tried to heal wounds, apologizing to victims of sexual abuse. >> they have to come to terms with the priest scandal. they have t
are watching "gmt ." on "bbc world news." our top stories, pope benedict makes his first public appearance since his shocking resignation announcement. a rapturous welcome as the pope took part in his weekly audience. >> i resigned for the benefit of the church, having prayed hard and examined my conscience, i am fully aware of the gravity of the decision. >> in his state of the union address, president obama urges republicans to support him. he says that people expect the government to put the nation's interest before parties. photographs of a bikini clad duchess of cambridge on holiday are being published in magazines. also in the program, aaron is taking a look at what persia's profits are driving off a cliff. >> $6.7 billion, that is what france's biggest carmaker loss last year. plus europe continues to be bogged down in recession. all of this has the french government up at night as they refuse to allow the company to close factories and cut jobs. ♪ >> it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, 1:00 in the afternoon in italy, where the pope received a lengthy ovation at his f
of men who have been appointed by either benedict or john paul ii. so they're like-mended men. >> reporter: american catholics still make up the largest religious denomination in this country. but many believe if it wasn't for immigration from asia and latin america, their numbers would be on the decline. so will a new pope be able to change this course? that certainly is the question on the minds of many of the faithful. cecilia vega, abc news, san francisco. >> some say it's divine intervention. take a look at this lightning strike at the vatican. it touched the top of st. peter's basilica. and it got the attention of new york's archbishop during an interview with diane sawyer. >> have you seen these pictures today? >> no, what is this about? >> they say this happened today. >> wow! is that not something? boy, oh boy. a lot of pasta overcooked with this lightning strike. can you believe it at st. peter's? boy, another apt image. >> cardinal dolan will be among those choosing the next pope. here's something interesting. the cardinals are cut off from the entire world when the
benedict has pacemaker in his heart long before being elected as pope back in 2005. months ago, we now know he had surgery to replace the pacemaker batteries, an operation that was conducted in absolute secrecy. vatican says it was routine. the shock waves continue to reverberate for catholics around the world and a lot of folks seem to have the same reaction, even if it's something the world hasn't seen in six centuries. >> i shows what a truly humble servant. he loved our church so much, he didn't let pride get in the way. >> probably we're in the right times and listen to the catholic church and new generation of catholics. >> its demanding job. it takes a special person at that age to handle the day to day and far reaching plans of the church. >> i appreciated the word father smith used, retiring. when you can't do the job, hand it over. >> retiring is something we have never thought of but his retirement years, vatican says he will be moved in the vatican owned villa, a monastery where crews are working on renovations. a handful of people at the vatican knew it was going to be the pope
, will continue to update you on this developing story throughout the newscast. >> pope benedict xvi will celebrate ash wednesday mass at the vatican tomorrow. it will be his last public appearance before the pontiff steps down at the end of the month. danielle nottingham reports for wjz have the vatican. >> reporter: the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> i think it will be good to have a black pope. >> i'm from venezuela. and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they're open thelogically to opening many -- welcoming as many people into the church as possible. >> reporter: cardinal could be the first black pope. cardinal armelino. and scolia one of the strongest european candidates. pope benedict is stepping down because the 85-year-old said he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict
for the catholic church. pope benedict will step down at the end of the month. >> catholics are waiting to see who will be chosing to replace him. abc's nick schifrin is joining us from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict is a shy leader but a reminder of the man who they used to call god's rottweiller. unpredictable, unprecedented. at 85, he's silver haired and cerebral and says he can't keep up. he said he's become so infirmed, i've had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry enstrupsed to me. in the last year, he grew increasingly frail. >> he's certainly slowed down a bet. you can tell he has trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down, putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he tried to heal wounds, apologizing to victims of sexual abuse. but his church shielded accused priests and hid crimes from authorities. >> they've got to come to terms with the priest scandal. they have to be more candid and honest about it. >> reporter: benedict filled stadiums bu
are getting word from a wire service that apparently pope benedict the 16th is about to resign. if you go back a year ago when he turned 85, there was some speculation that he might call it quits because of his declining health. there has been no additional update on why the pope is going to resign, but nonetheless the story is out there. we've got reporters on it. and as soon as we know why, we will share that with you. >>gretchen: that will be huge news obviously, so we'll keep you posted. let's go to the other top story which is the extreme weather alert. now we're talking about down south. a massive tornado caught on camera ripping through the heart of has -- hattiesburg, mississippi. >> happening right outside my hotel. check this out. look at that. >>gretchen: the devastating twister leaving at least 4,200 people without power. >> dude, that's insane. >> oh my! >> it's about to hit sam's. >>gretchen: as the tornado traveled down the main street, it mangled homes, businesses and several buildings on the campus of the university of southern mississippi. >> i saw it right around, as it was
that came out yesterday, that pope benedict is resigning at the end of the month. at age 85, the pope says he does not have the strength to carry out his duties any longer. >> the surprising decision has far-reaching imply faces for the millions of catholics around the world. abc's nick schifrin reports from vatican city. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader but a reminder of the man they used to call god's rottweiller. unpredictabili unpredictability, unprecedented and it might just guarantee his legacy. at 85, he's silver haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi told his cardinals he had become so infirm, "i've had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." in the last year, benedict grew increasingly frail. >> he certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down. putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he trie
pope benedict as head of the catholic church? >>> more breaking news out of california where police are involved in a shootout with the exl.a.p.d. officer wanted for a series of revenge killings. authorities say christopher dorner is barricaded in a cabin in the big bear california mountains. two officers have been hurt. this, of course, is a case that has shaken that entire community and a case the entire nation is watching. we're going to continue to follow it and bring you updates throughout the show. >>> pope benedict xvi will do mass. >> danielle nottingham has more from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity. >> it will be good to have a black pope. we hope to have a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they are good with welcoming people into the church. >> cardinal peter turkson could be the first black park. the top candidate from latin america and ann low scola is considered one of the strongest european candida
bomb test. also ahead, the speculation as to who will replace outgoing pope benedict. a lot of you may have heard about probiotics but may not realize what they can do for your health. we know what it takes to look good on the outside but with 70% of our immune system located in our gut the core of our health is truly on the inside. that's why i take new trubiotics. it's a daily probiotic that helps in two ways. one helps support digestive health the other immune health. stay true to your health. new trubiotics. from the makers of one-a-day. north korea confirms it has conducted its third nuclear test, the first under leader kim jong un. the explosion yesterday has drawn world wide condemnation. even from china, a staunch ally of north korea. south korea estimates the bomb was about one third as powerful as the one dropped on hiroshima. north korea said the test was an act of self defense against "u-s hostility." the u-n security council met today and said it will begin work on "appropriate measures". despite north korea's claims of progress, analysts say it is years aw
benedict's announcement and its what everyone is talking about. >> he is almost 86 and has every right. it shows humility. it's good. >> it's a very big step. people have often suffered from the office. it's good to see that a pope can resign. they are human, too. >> in western germany, home to one of the oldest catholic diocese. they won the church year to modernize. pope benedict is the source of much heated debate. >> 80%-90% of all followers use contraception, officially forbidden by the vatican. if we and drifted apart to such an extent, something must be wrong. >> it is not just an issue among worshipers. he says the bishops are often too detached and have to deal with grass-roots issues. >> i see this among the full- time staff, the ones on the front line. they are frustrated and disappointed with the leadership, the bishops' conference, but disappointed with wrong. this is much greater than among normal questions. >> the mass is over in berlin. the priest here is happy with the church. he is an admirer of pope benedict saying there's no need for change. >> i enjoy reading every
benedict steps down two weeks from thursday and the cardinals in the catholic church will then gather possibly as early as march 1 to begin the process of selecting his successor. bruce johnson reports, there will be campaigning for the top job in the church. >>> st. matthew's cathedral in downtown washington today, some catholics had definite ideas about what they wanted from the next pope. >> you know, change with the times. moving with the times. not to remain too conservative. >> and not to allow these liberal thoughts of people of today. >> the vatican disclosed today that pope benedict had been fit for a pacemaker a decade ago, but added the procedure had not influenced his decision to become the first pope in nearly 600 years. the last pope to resign from office was gregory. that was back in 1415. it had nothing to do with his health and everything to do with the fact that there were four popes at the time. gregory resigned to bring about unity in the church. >> basically the way it works is, the cardinals, you know, campaign for their friends. >> a noted scholar. he says
pope benedict for acting in the best interest of the church. speculation is mounting about who people will think will replace him. the pope has to be a unifying figure to the whole world and be able to bring together a broad spectrum of catholics. the next pope may be from a developing part of the world. the decision to step aside is an active humility. the current archbishop agrees. he waited on the task ahead of the new pope. >> can he embrace every language and culture on the face of this earth? i imagine what the job description that is. >> the archbishop says he does recall the pope saying if he reached the time he didn't have the stamina for the job, he would step aside. kim dacey, wbal-tv 11 news. >> we have complete coverage of resignation on our website. >> president obama will deliver the state of the union address tonight. it will build consensus among democrats and republicans. tracie potts has a preview. >> tonight instead of focusing on how budget cuts would affect the pentagon, president obama will focus on the middle class. thousands of government jobs. >> his emphasis
minutes past the hour. and now pope benedict xvi's stunning announcement that he'll be stepping down we have an idea when a new pope will take the reins. jim bittermann explains. >> reporter: since no pope has resigned in six centuries, there's very little precedent for what will happen at the vatican, but there are a few hints. the papal spokesman announced that there'll be a new pope by easter. easter is the 31st of march, so the 118 members will have to get through that. the spokesman also said the college of cardinals will not convene while the pope is still? office. so that means the popes will not go into conclave before he steps down. the election process itself could be quite short. with jet travel it no longer takes weeks for cardinals to gather. in fact third quarter could arrive early in march. what will be missing is the period of mourning and reflection that takes place when a pope dies. it is still an open question whether the cardinals will immediately fwaer and go sbieng the conclave or take a few days to get into the mood for electing a pope. also unclear is whether wit
express surprise tonight after pope benedict 16th 's announcement he is stepping down -- benedict xvi's announcement that he is stepping down. >> reporter: the news came as a surprise to many people. catholics here tell us what they'd like to see a new leader bring to the church. pope benedict xvi made a stunning announcement this morning. the 85-year-old german born pope said fatigue is the reason he's stepping down. his papacy began in 2005. >> wow, this is big news. >> reporter: brother charles hilton teaches history at st. mary's college and says a sitting poem has not resigned in -- pope has not resigned in almost 600 years. >> what a beautiful gesture to say that his own strength is failing and rather than grasp power and hang onto it to the end he's going to let it go. >> reporter: during the nightly mass at st. mary's chapel the pope's announcement was on the minds of those attending services. some hope a new leader will allow the catholic church to reexamine its approach towards hot button issues such as abortion, same sex marriage and the role of women in the church. >> t
benedict xvi no longer is the leader of the 1.2 billion roman catholics. his resignation the first of any pope in nearly 600 years took effect a couple hours ago. christiane amanpour is joining us. benedict ended his reign a couple of hours ago. what's it like now? what's the mood there? >> reporter: well, listen, i think people are taking it in stock and moving forward but i must say a couple of hours ago when 2:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. local, the swiss guard, the traditional guard that protects the pope walked inside, closed the doors when he was at castel go gandolfo and you got that sense of finality t, it's been very dramatic when he flew in his helicopter, landed there, came out on the balcony of the summer residence and told people, i am no longer pope today. i am just a pilgrim. all of a sudden the emotion and enormity of what happened, because it's a precedent-setting event, all of that set in and you saw the pope look almost -- i don't know. almost relieved when he gave his last blessing. having looked very tired in morning in his meeting with the cardinals and yesterday durin
. >>> more details are coming out today about pope benedict xvi's health and the last appearances he will make before stepping down. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> perhaps it would be good to have a black pope. >> i'm from venezuela. and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matter where is they're from, as long as as long as they open thelogically to welcoming in as many people as possible. >> reporter: cardinal peter turkson from ghana, could be the first black pope. cardinal leandro sandri of argentina is considered the top candidate from south america. pope benedict xvi is stepping down because the 85-year-old said he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict received a pacemaker before he became leader of the catholic church in 2005 and recently, sec
snow. scott? >> thank you so much. a change for pope benedict the 16th as he becomes the first pope in centuries to retire. he said it required strength of mind and body that he did not have any longer. the vatican expects a new pope will be named. pope benedict has broken a taboo -- a taboo. there is another major change in this afternoon. u.s. troops of afghanistan -- word is coming out that the president is planning on bringing 34,000 troops home. this is just one of the many things president obama is set to discuss in his state of the union address tonight. to talk about that is politico and deter phil ewing. >> it is the biggest story for the pentagon and industry here in the washington area. he is going to talk mostly about domestic issues. immigration, gun rights, and focus on those types of things as opposed to the more international security. >> what is the challenge for him in trying to get these two parties to coalesce what we continue to criticize congress for being inactive. how would he do that? but he has to appeal to things he knows republicans will do. he probably c
point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. pope benedict and his final public farewell. 1.2 billion catholics, making his last public appearance in st. peter's square, telling tens of thousands of followers his decision to step down comes with a deep peace of mind. >> translator: i have taken this step in full awareness of the gravity, seriousness and a profound serenity in my soul. >> chief international correspondent christiane amanpour joins us live from rome this morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. pilgrims streaming out of st. peter's square behind me, where they gathered several hours ago for the final public audience by pope benedict xvi. he did something rather unprecedented for these what are weekly audiences. he toured around the square in his pope mobile and tens of thousands of people inside the square got a first-hand look at him. lots of waving, lots of cheering, and he delivered his blessing and talked about what it maend to take the step, you just heard him say he understood the enormity of this, the gravity of it, and the novelty of it, this is in
for their friendship. from this point on, benedict will be known as pope emeritus continuing to wear white but without red shoes and he will have no official duties. father joseph benedict of the st. joseph's cathedral says his job during this transitional time is to help parishioners maintain the stability of their faith. >> inviting people to recognize that even in times of change and of turmoil, we remain steadfast in faith and that we can deal with these transitions and indeed all challenges of life within our faith and within our sense that god remains with us. >> it will definite ly take administrative part of the church. but in terms of believing in the lord, it doesn't change that. >> reporter: father benedict hopes that catholics consider this to be an experience in which to feel the continuity of the church and faith. there will be a special mass at 7:00 tonight here at st. joseph cathedral and it will include san jose bishop patrick mcgrath. they'll be celebrating the pope's retirement and praying for a smooth transition. we're live in san jose. i'm arturo santiago, nbc bay area news. >>> p
benedict is resigning. tonight we're still trying to get our minds around just what this all means for the catholic church and the world stage upon which the pope wields such vast influence. for the last six centuries, the catholic church chose a new pope as it also mourned the death of an old one. not this time. pope benedict issued his stunning retirement notice, saying in part i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. >> in centuries past, popes didn't live to this age. they died in their jobs. now the medicine has the ability to keep people going physically a lot longer than they may have the strength to do what is the most gruel jobs in the world. >> usa today reporter says with the pope stepping down at the end of the month, the college of cardinals is already lining up possible successors. according to retired american catholic the church will be looking for a new pope with perhaps the combination of the qualities it liked in the last two. >> i think they'll be looking for men who would have some of the wisdom of the pope bened
's race. we'll take you live to the track. >>> it's the final week of pope benedi benedict's reign but it comes with new questions about how he's really stepping down. >>> and it's hollywood's biggest night. we'll talk about who's expected to go home with oscar and who will have to be sleeping alone. ♪ >>> i hope you're having a great sunday so far. i'm susan hendricks in for randi kaye. thanks for starting your morning with us. we start with the latest on oscar pistorius. he isn't the only one in his family accused of killing someone. overnight we learned his brother is charged in the death of another woman. we spoke with carl pistorius' attorney from johannesburg. what did you learn from his attorney? >> reporter: you know, it's another bizarre twist in this oscar pistorius story. carl pistorius, who is oscar's older brother, charged with culpable homicide. his lawyer tells me in relation to an incident that happened in 2010 when carl pistorius collided with a woman on a motorcycle. we understand from the lawyer that this woman was injured immediately but she was taken to hospi
jansing in for tamron hall. following the resignation of pope benedict xvi. the man who will in a minute no longer lead the church. this is his temporary home. we expect to see something that's always followed the death of a pope. the swiss guard both beloved tradition and entrusted with the very real job of protecting the pope will stand down. once he is no longer pope, their job is done. and they will await the election of a new pope. covering this historic event along with me, claudio lavanga is live. also with us, elizabeth lev and father john bartunic, author and priest based in rome. claudio, a crowd gathered as we saw earlier today when the pope came out on to the balcony and saw him publicly as pope for the last time. >> reporter: that's right. that's right, chris. there are still people here to witness that historic moment that will mark the real end of the pontifficate of pope benedict xvi. the church bells started to ring. take a look at you are at that door. the summer residence of the pope. those doors in literally 30 seconds or a minute are going to close down. you can see
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